Music Recommendation – Single – CHVRCHES, Dead Air

If the song is by CHVRCHES, then assume I will post about it. Dead Air will be part of the new Hunger Games soundtrack, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 aka Hunger Games: We’re Splitting This In Half For More Money. Unfortunately, the latter name was too long and honest for the movie industry.

So this is the second new CHVRCHES song in the last month (unless you include a couple recent covers the group did), the other song being on the new Drive re-score, Get Away. On that song, however, I harped on how disappointing the song starts out and my worries about the future of CHVRCHES music. Dead Air either kills those worries or gives me something to take my mind off of them for a while with an excellent combination of synth-pop and pure, unedited vocalization.

Normally I would complain that the effects and bassline makes the song feel a bit excessive, but that is the appeal of CHVRCHES music. However the echo on the hook makes turning up the volume a frequent occurrence. If the chorus was just a bit louder and not submerged in instrumentals and synthesizers, it could easily be the best song on the new Hunger Games soundtrack, which is notable for good synth hits (see Elastic Heart).

So overall I would rate the song at 9/10. The song seriously reminds me of a more low-key Recover, one of my all-time favorite CHVRCHES songs to date. You can go ahead and give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

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